A man in southwest Iceland was badly injured when practicing with a power kite on Sunday. He was blown off the ground, landed roughly and suffered a severe blow to his side. He is now in intensive care.
The injured man, Ásgeir Saemundsson, was practicing with a friend, Björn Óskar Einarsson, in Borgarfjördur, southwest Iceland. Bladid reports.
Power kites are similar to parachutes and are usually used for dragging people on skies, but the hobby kiters had only been practicing and did not have any skies on. Suddenly a swift wind blew Saemundsson off his feet. He was dragged many meters with the kite before landing on his side at the edge of a ditch.
Einarsson called the emergency service and an ambulance took his friend to the National Hospital in Reykjavík. Saemundsson was operated on because of internal bleeding. He is now being kept unconscious on a ventilator and his condition is stable.